Don't fix the teacher pension problem by denying retired teachers their earned benefits.

An open letter to Springfield legislators from a retired teacher.

Throwing more dirt into an open grave will not resurrect the dead. Neither will asking retirees to pay more and get less resolve the massive debt that your negligence has created.

As a retired educator who worked as a public employee and paid my share into the public pension system for 34 years, I demand that you not reduce my retirement benefits that were promised to me in any way, shape, or form! Please VOTE NO on Amendment 15 to SB1673. Failure to do so will not only throw more dirt on the reputation of the government of this state and its legislators, but it will also represent the end all hope of young people entrusting themselves and their talents to the future of education, law and fire enforcement and any form of public service in Illinois where pension payments are deducted from their paychecks for future compensation.

Why should our retirees and the future benefactors of education and union pensions be denied their Constitutional right to a safe and secure retirement due to the shortsighted greed of those in whom we entrusted our future?

Lena Condic

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Hope March 12, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Before you get all excited Kerry, ask what a IMRF average pension is at the age of 55. You may be shocked as to how low it is....and remember IMRF pensions are also able to collect SS too when they become of age. AND as for teachers being able to retire with reduced pensions earlier than 67 years of age. The private sector can draw on their 401k's after age 59 w/o penalty and than at 67 (or 65) collect social security benefits. I hope you can see, that there is no "cookie cutter" system to retirement and to stop bashing the teaching professions.....or no one will enter into it. This would be devastating to all!
Hope March 12, 2013 at 07:14 PM
There are reductions Bob.


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